Ten months ago a new island formed off Cape Point in the Outer Banks.
Shelley Island – really more of a large sandbar – is only about a mile long. And, if North Carolina gets enough heavy rain and wind from Hurricane Irma, it could be completely wiped out.
But that hasn’t stopped Kenneth M. Barlow, a Richmond, VA businessman, from claiming the island.
From the Charlotte Observer story:
Kenneth M. Barlow, who lives outside of Richmond, filed the claim with the Dare County Register of Deeds on Aug. 7. It cost him just $26, which is cheap for a nearly mile-long island…or sandbar, as some insist. The deed gives him “all right, title, interest and claim” to the island.
“I own this island now. That argument is over,” said Barlow, 59, who is a critic of the National Park Service’s regulation policies on Cape Hatteras National Seashore. “I’ll fight them all the way to the Supreme Court if I have to. The laws are simple. Ownership has been decided. I’m notifying them (the National Park Service) to stay off my property.”